Interior Health BBI Partner Network Fall Meeting

The BBI team at Interior Health looks forward to welcoming you to the BBI Partner Network Fall Meeting. We are teaming with PAN to provide this virtual event on Wednesday October 13, 2021, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific time.

Please complete the form that follows program. You will be sent a link to the event a few days in advance.


Please note that all times listed are in Pacific time.


9 AM: Welcome & Territory Acknowledgement & Housekeeping

9:10–9:30 AM: Warm up and hellos.

9:30-10:30 AM: Examining the needs of sexual and gender minority youth and youth who use crystal meth (Part 1)

This session will focus on “deep dives” into several contemporary health issues affecting sexual and gender minority youth, including the overdose crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, the sexualized use of substances, substance use regulation, and mental health. The presentation will include discussions and exercises that examine how public health solutions can be designed and optimized to improve health outcomes among sexual and gender diverse people.


 10:30–10:45 AM: Stretch break


10:45 AM-12:30 PM: Examining the needs of sexual and gender minority youth and youth who use crystal meth (Part 2)
The second part of the presentation will detail the results of a recent community summit with youth who use crystal methamphetamine, including a discussion about “what works”, “what doesn’t work” and “what’s needed” with regards to intervention.

Presenters, morning:
Dr. Rodney Knight (he/him) is a queer white settler who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC. He holds cross-appointments as an Associate Member in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, an Affiliate Faculty Member with the Centre for Gender, Sexual Health and Equity, and a Research Scientist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.

Rodney Stehr is a queer and mixed race trainee (White/Fijian) on Dr. Rod Knight’s team at the BC Centre on Substance Use. Rodney is presently pursuing a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC and their thesis work focuses on the experiences of queer youth navigating overlapping public health crises (i.e., COVID-19 and the overdose crisis) in Metro Vancouver.


12:30-1:15 PM: Lunch



1:15-1:30 PM: Re-Energizer

1:30-3:00 PM: Gearing up: HCV Elimination in BC and in Interior Health (Part 1)

In this afternoon session, BC Hepatitis Network presents five topics that relate in some way to the goal of eliminating hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030:

IH HCV Screening Project

Hep C Elimination in BC

BC Hep Testers Cohort: What the data shows

Hep C Journey and Gaps along the way
This session brings the lived experience lens to ‘what the data shows’
• Lived experience
• Urban/rural
• Indigenous experience

Training and linking to care

These presentations are followed by a topic-specific discussion.


3:00-3:15 PM: Stretch break


3:15-4:15 PM: Gearing up: HCV Elimination in BC and in Interior Health (Part 2)

This time is for discussion and exploration of what the roadmap to the elimination of hepatitis C might look in Interior Health.

Presenters, afternoon:
Daryl Luster is an HCV Advocate and the Peer Programs Lead for the BC Hepatitis Network. Daryl is a person who lived with hep C. Participated in a phase two clinical trial in 2010. Treated and cured. His work as an advocate and Peer educator is focused around shedding more light on HCV, with people affected, care givers, legislators, and healthcare professionals. With new hep C treatments, a cure is possible now for any person diagnosed and linked to care. As someone who lived with hep C, Daryl has a keen insight into what the experience can be like. The greatest issue we face now is the supports and resources needed for people living with hep C to access testing, care and treatment.  It’s their voice that drives Daryl in his work.

Deb Schmitz serves as Executive Director of BC Hepatitis Network.  Deb’s involvement in first HIV and then HCV community-based and led work spans 25 years and includes awareness and education design and delivery, co-founding a community-based HIV and hep C harm reduction and support organization in northern BC and 12 years working for BC’s provincial viral hepatitis organization.


4:15-4:30 PM: Closing



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